Social Media Mistakes Can Cost You the Job

Aliah D. Wright

If you’re looking for a job, it may pay to keep your snarky comments off social media.

Staffing service OfficeTeam polled 300 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees and found that “45 percent of HR managers said writing negative or inappropriate comments is the most common social media mistake that takes job seekers out of the running for a position. About one in three (35 percent) cited posting or being tagged in questionable photos as the chief digital faux pas.”

But don’t avoid social media altogether: About 17 percent of HR managers said not posting regularly and having incomplete, dated or no social media profiles were also red flags when it comes to hiring.

Keep It Clean

Keeping social media profiles squeaky clean is incredibly important, studies and experts say.

A new study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Using Social Media for Talent Acquisition—Recruitment and Screening, found that recruiters are increasingly using social media to find talent. Eighty-four percent of organizations now use it to find potential candidates, and an additional 9 percent are planning to use it. Those numbers have risen steadily since 2011, when just 56 percent of recruiters used social media to find talent.

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